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8.0

This is perhaps by favorite version of Harley Quinn to date. I was never a HQ fan, and have always dropped interest with her after the reboot with HQ in 2011. However, this HQ, its very refreshing to see a HQ who is more serious and driven than the loosey goosey HQ we currently have. This Harley Quinn deals with a Harleen who has kids to look after, a history to get past, and a case where she has more

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #6

By: Katana Collins, Matteo Scalera
Released: Mar 24, 2021

Gotham City’s fate hangs in the balance in this conclusion to Harley Quinn’s quest to catch a serial killer!
Harley knew the risks when she agreed to help the GTO capture Gotham’s most savage new criminals, and all her fears have come to pass. Her pursuit of Starlet and the Producer has magnified the overwhelming responsibilities of m...

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Liem Duong reviewed BRZRKR #1 Mar 6, 2021
8.0

Action, gore, tons of blood. I'm in.

BRZRKR #1

By: Matt Kindt, Ron Garney
Released: Mar 3, 2021

* Discover the next blockbuster action franchise from the iconic KEANU REEVES in his Must Read comic book writing debut alongside New York Times best-selling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Bang!) and acclaimed artist Alessandro Vitti (Marvel's Secret Warriors) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior's fight through the ages.

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8.5

This is a great homage to the 90s of superhero comics, Jeff Lemire seriously writes some great characters and dynamics in different points in time. Great art by Zonjic, really liked the colors by Wands as well. The action in this series was great, and how Lemire and company moves the story is a very simplistic yet engaging read. Another great story in the world of Black Hammer.

Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy #6

By: Jeff Lemire, Tonci Zonjic
Released: Feb 24, 2021

With dead bodies piling up, and a young boy's future on the line, Skulldigger and Detective Reyes confront the psychopathic Grimjim-and each other-in a final showdown that determines the fate of Spiral City.

"Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy is a new kind of vigilante duo fraught with all the terror and bad choices any sociopath would cherish....

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8.0

While not as hard-hitting as the first Canto, Canto II still sets up a very engaging, emotional, and meticulously crafted story, carrying on the fairy-tale trope from its predecessor. Canto II acts more of a transitional arc to set up for the final confrontation between Canto and the antagonists, and takes its time to further develop and permeate its ideas and goals. It is splendid to read. The Ar more

Canto II: The Hollow Men #5

By: David M. Booher, Drew Zucker
Released: Feb 3, 2021

Canto's epic second adventure concludes! Canto has entered the Valley of the Lionhearted and learned he can only lift the Shrouded Man's curse by sacrificing his own clock. In doing so, he could gain the power to finally defeat the Shrouded Man and free everyone in the Unnamed World. Will Canto give up his own time to become the hero his people bel...

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Liem Duong reviewed DCeased: Dead Planet #7 Jan 19, 2021
8.5

I loved this. Tom Taylor and is wacky antics has always been something I have loved, and with John Constantine as his lead, it made for an explosive, action-packed, wild, emotional story. I said I liked the first DCeased because it felt more contained as a zombie story, well this is going to many spots, but I argue it worked just as well if not better. Like Snyder, Taylor used every ounce of DC lo more

DCeased: Dead Planet #7

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jan 20, 2021

The Justice League fights an army of Amazos for Earth, while John Constantine goes head-to-head with Trigon! The Justice League fight for Earth and the lives of the...infected?! The final chapter of the best-selling series will be talked about for years to come!

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10

Perfection.

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1

By: Geoff Johns, Ryan Benjamin
Released: Dec 23, 2020

The DCU’s darkest secrets are explored while two titans clash! The heroes search for a way to defeat the Darkest Knight through the universe’s past, while Superboy Prime faces down the demonic Batman!

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman Annual #5 Jan 15, 2021
8.0

Great little background story of Clown-hunter with some unique art by Stokoe.

Batman Annual #5

By: James Tynion IV, James Stokoe
Released: Dec 30, 2020

The riveting new vigilante known as Clownhunter was a breakout star of “The Joker War”- but what’s the tragic origin of this teenage assassin? How did his parents die at the hands of The Joker, and is there a place for him in the evolving Gotham City? Can there be redemption for the infamous Clownhunter?
This epic tale reteams writer ...

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4.5

Its both so underwhelming yet so suprinsgly fun at the same time. The big monster summer blockbuster by DC finally has reached its end, finally. There was so much things going on, all of it happening quickly, I had to take a break from the event because of everything. With that said, it had some very strong high points with great art throughout, of course balanced out with really bad points and a more

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Jan 6, 2021

The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plu...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman #105 Jan 15, 2021
7.5

I actually liked this alot more than I thought I would. First off, new year, new Batman. No longer has his toys, now he has to go it alone. Dealing with the remnants of Joker War, Clown Hunter now is stalking and killing those responsible for the Joker War, and also HQ for being partially responsible for his parents' death. Some dude named Ghost-maker comes into town to turn Batman more ruthless i more

Batman #105

By: James Tynion IV, Christian Duce
Released: Dec 16, 2020

Batman battles Ghost-Maker in the no-holds-barred, bloody conclusion of this epic tale…winner take Gotham City! And the outcome is not what you’re expecting! The future of Gotham City and the fate of Clownhunter hang in the balance!

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Liem Duong reviewed Wonder Woman #769 Jan 15, 2021
6.5

Overall, this arc was solid. Liked the ideas, about legacy, about truth, about paths, but the execution was nothing that could elevate those ideas and make this a story I could fully invest into. Liar Liar at the end of the day has some potential, and her origins overall fits well with the themes presented. Art was alright, it was nothing amazing, but its wasn't bad either.

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Wonder Woman #769

By: Mariko Tamaki, Steve Pugh
Released: Dec 23, 2020

The trail of Maxwell Lord’s would-be killer has brought Wonder Woman face to face with her newest, deadliest foe! Liar Liar is back and ready for round two against the woman she blames for her damaged relationship with her father. But Diana has learned a thing or two since their last encounter, and this time our hero is headed straight into the h...

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6.0

This whole second volume, its just a disappointment. IT started off so strong, but fell on it face towards the latter half. This is a sweet ending for the Outlaws I guess, but its nothing special and certainly can't salvage what happened the last 15+ issues. Overall, while a decent issue itself, is a weak send-off for the lousy 20+ year career Lobdell has had in comics. Art was fine. The dialogue more

Red Hood and the Outlaws #50

By: Scott Lobdell, Paolo Pantalena
Released: Oct 28, 2020

Jason Todd’s downward spiral began when he was murdered by The Joker. But deep in his heart he blamed himself for charging headfirst into deadly danger. His rage and self-loathing caused him to lash out at those around him-keeping friends and family alike at arm’s length. Until the Outlaws. First Arsenal and Starfire, and later, Artemis and Biz...

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7.0

I am actually liking this quite a bit. Granted I never really read Hellblazer or much of the Sandman titles prior. But its fun with some snarky dialogue. Its nothing mind-blowing, but its intriguing enough for me to continue. Some people really don't like the art, but I love how Robertson is handling Constantine right now, its a style that works for me and this story. This issue is good, but its m more

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2

By: Tom Taylor, Darick Robertson
Released: Nov 4, 2020

John Constantine has been in trouble before, but running afoul of the Devil himself is crossing a line even for the self-styled Hellblazer. But that’s exactly who darkens Constantine’s door with news that John’s investigation into the gruesome “angel murders” of London’s billionaire class and Satan’s own vendetta against a treacherous...

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Liem Duong reviewed Bad Mother #5 Dec 31, 2020
7.0

Overall, its a nice, short, fast crime story. A soccer mom becomes a badass to save her daughter from a sex trafficking ring. It brisk, its keeps moving, but its overall a very simple and basic story. Outside of her family and her role from Soccer Mom to killer, we don't know much about April, her daughter or anything else. Faust focuses less on themes and and more on the action. Great art by Deo more

Bad Mother #5

By: Christa Faust, Mike Deodato
Released: Dec 30, 2020

A nerve-racking thriller from crime writer Christa Faust and blockbuster artist Mike Deodato Jr. (The Resistance, Infinity Wars). When her teenaged daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances, suburban soccer mom April Walters embarks on a harrowing mission to find her; a journey that takes her through the underbelly of her suburban commun...

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Liem Duong reviewed Devil's Highway #5 Dec 29, 2020
8.0

A great short mystery/revenge story of a tough girl getting revenge for her father, but leads to something bigger and much more complex than meets the eye. Percy is writing amazing stuff right now, and Devil's Highway is no exception. Its nothing complex, a former Army girl goes off to avenge her murdered father which leads to a lucrative sex ring across the inter-state highway. Connected by truck more

Devil's Highway #5

By: Ben Percy, Brent Schoonover
Released: Nov 25, 2020

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman '66) present a chilling crime thriller, loosely based on real events, that examines murder in the dark underbelly of America's heartland. Sharon Harrow, an elite military veteran with skeletons in her closet and a dark family secret, embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that bruta...

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Liem Duong reviewed Dead Day #5 Dec 29, 2020
8.0

This was actually quite excellent when I read it through in one read. It certainly subverts your typically zombie story, and it comes to a rather thought-provoking and warm ending for such a story surrounding zombies. The ideas and themes of this story, and how Parrott conceives this through his dialogue is damn I say it a masterpiece. His ideas on life, on death, on people's past and people's fut more

Dead Day #5

By: Ryan Parrott, Evgeny Bornyakov
Released: Nov 18, 2020

With nowhere else to run, Jeremy and the Haskin family find themselves under siege, caught in between the Lifers and the Revivalists...and not everyone will escape Dead Day alive. Witness the emotional conclusion to the supernatural holiday in a world where death isn't the end and secrets never stay buried.

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Liem Duong reviewed Maestro #5 Dec 28, 2020
7.0

Eh, Maestro overall was a good story that gives insight on how Hulk became the evil dictator who was in Future, but its not as spectacular, intense and complex as I thought it would be. Art by Keown and Peralta is amazing, layered with some fantastic colors by Aburtov. The way Hulk became Maestro is while action-packed, rather anti-climatic and bland. His ideology is also kind of cheesy. It was a more

Maestro #5

By: Peter David, Dale Keown
Released: Dec 23, 2020

THE FINAL NOTE IN A SYMPHONY YEARS IN THE MAKING!
The Hulk is dead - long live the Maestro! But this is no good night lullaby. It's nonstop action in Peter David fashion as the secrets behind Future Imperfect finally come to light!
Rated T+

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Liem Duong reviewed Gideon Falls #27 Dec 24, 2020
6.5

This was both an amazing yet underwhelming finale to what was easily one of the best horror comics in the industry. The suspense and mystery of the entire series was amazing, but that only pays off if we come full circle with the finale. And I am not even going to pretend I understood what happened here. That suspense fell into just pure confusion. I really liked Lemire making the story increasing more

Gideon Falls #27

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Dec 23, 2020

    SERIES FINALE

"THE END"-The mind-bending conclusion to the Eisner Award-winning series by New York Times bestselling writer JEFF LEMIRE and artist ANDREA SORRENTINO (the creative team behind Green Arrow and Old Man Logan), with the talents of Eisner Award-winning colorist DAVE STEWART!

An oversized (80 page...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman's Grave #12 Dec 22, 2020
5.0

What the hell was this series. It started off strong, an intriguing mystery that Batman needs to solve. A great set-up, by with delays, and very little substance keeping me invested in this story, add on a terrible ending, Ellis gave out by Issue #12. There are some great things to this comic, Alfred and Bruce's dialogue is excellent, loved it. The artwork by Hitch was splendid as well, and how he more

Batman's Grave #12

By: Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch
Released: Dec 16, 2020

In this final issue, Scorn makes his final move to destroy justice in Gotham City! Injured and alone against an army of chaos, Batman has one chance to save the city: his ability to think like the victim. But the victim is always dead. The Batman can only win by using the approach of his own death.

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Liem Duong reviewed Mountainhead #5 Dec 22, 2020
7.5

The ending was... alright. It was not as climatic and exciting as I thought it would be, however that doesn't mean that this finale didn't have some major strong points. Art by Ryan Lee, WOW, amazing. Cartoony style art for some ravaging horror is something I have been dying to see. I also was very satisfied with Lauren in this issue. Abraham/James, as well, great center character for this series. more

Mountainhead #5

By: John Lees, Ryan Lee
Released: Dec 9, 2020

The acclaimed horror sensation reaches its devastating conclusion! With no hope of escape, the only option left for Abraham is to fight. And so begins a perilous ascent to the peak of Mount Rector, where it all began. But Abraham and his friends won't just have to deal with dizzying heights and dangerous terrain... they are being pursued. If you th...

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Liem Duong reviewed Old Haunts #5 Dec 22, 2020
5.5

The ending just did not wrap this up as clean and exciting as I wanted it to. The art is amazing, the psychedelic death like concept in the background was very cool to look at. But man, this was just so fucking rushed and sloppily wrapped up. For a solid first 3 issues, the last 2 just fell flat. How the FBI/Lopez story wrapped up, the Made Men story, the conflict between the Made Men and Myrick, more

Old Haunts #5

By: Ollie Masters, Laurence Campbell
Released: Oct 28, 2020

Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly - and literally - assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets - resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders - the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest s...

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Liem Duong reviewed Wynd #5 Dec 3, 2020
8.5

I really liked this. Slow start, but with each issue is started picking up more and more, and it hit a killer ending. The story may not be all that complex, but the subtly in Tynion's writing and nuance with the world of Wynd and how it relates to one's identity is done terrifically well. Tynion knows how to do themes, and he did them excellently here.

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Wynd #5

By: James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas
Released: Oct 28, 2020

It's Wynd vs. the Bandaged Man! But if Wynd wants to save his friends, he'll need to accept who he truly is - and the power that comes with being a Weirdblood.

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6.0

Its just isn't as good as I hoped. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, its just more of what has been already done with nothing exciting or new. Its all has been done before, and frankly with more interesting execution. The only thing this book did for me was introduce Jason to the DCAU. Other than that, nothing special. I like the cartoon art-style, very reminiscent of the television show. more

Batman: The Adventures Continue #14

By: Alan Burnett, Ty Templeton
Released: Oct 14, 2020

The Red Hood's plan against the Bat-Family comes to a head as he offers Batman a choice: kill the Joker or Robin dies!

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman/Catwoman #1 Dec 2, 2020
6.0

The latter half of this story doesn't make any sense. Its switching too much to quickly that I can't catch on what its trying to do. Also, enough with the sex on the roof.

Batman/Catwoman #1

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Dec 2, 2020

At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!
Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threat...

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Psycamorean reviewed Superman #25 Sep 8, 2020
2.0

I want to drop this so badly, but I can't because it's Superman.

Superman #25

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis
Released: Sep 9, 2020

New Villain Alert: Introducing Synmar!
A colossal new threat to Superman, the planet Earth, and the DC Universe arrives on the scene in this special issue! The unique warrior called Synmar was created to represent an entire alien race. He’s trained his entire life-but for what purpose? As the antithesis of everything Superman stands for, ...

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Psycamorean - Nov 17, 2020

I have absolutely no loyalty to the Big Blue. I have loyalties to my friends that also read the title, and I like discussing train wrecks with them.

Fizgoog - Nov 18, 2020

That’s the beauty of having a choice my friend.

8.0

Dark Nights: Death Metal: Rise of the New God #1

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Jess Merino
Released: Oct 28, 2020

Batman. Always. Wins. This irrevocable truth resonates to the very heart of Perpetua's battle with the Batman Who Laughs…and when her ally reveals his absolute nature, she will upend this mantra and destroy the last planet. His planet. But that's not enough…and the mother of all creation must wonder, if power lies in destruction, why would she ...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman: Three Jokers #3 Oct 28, 2020
8.0

Not as strong as it could have finished, but I overall still think this was a great ending and a stellar series. While it may not have the recognition of being that next innovative Batman story. but it still is a really great Batman story and amazing visuals. Recommend.

Batman: Three Jokers #3

By: Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok
Released: Oct 28, 2020

The final chapter of the most terrifying and personal Batman mystery is here!
Still reeling from their last encounter with the three Jokers, Batman, Batgirl, and Red Hood discover the terrible truth about the Three Jokers’ plot. Will the caped crusaders have the strength needed to put an end to the maniacal menaces’ master plan once and ...

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9.0

This reminds me a lot of Tom King's work, what with the mystery and conspiracy theory going on. This was an amazing debut. Tynion has really come into his superstar status working on DN Death Metal and Batman with DC, as well as his independent work, latest of which is the Department of Truth, which Tynion plays with the idea that every conspiracy theory had truth in it.

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The Department of Truth #1

By: James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds
Released: Sep 30, 2020

SERIES PREMIERE! Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn't prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of...

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Liem Duong reviewed Alienated #6 Oct 6, 2020
8.5

*** Reviews the entire series ***

This was an amazing book by Spurrier, he has been on fire with his work in the Sandman Universe and independents like Alienated. This series, its focus on teenage problems, while it sounds stupid on the outside, how Spurrier handles it with such real emotion and touch, it really helps people understand why people feel, well alienated. This book strives more

Alienated #6

By: Simon Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose
Released: Sep 30, 2020

Reeling from the devastating effects of Chip's true powers, the Sams have a terrible choice to make. As they face off once and for all, Chip - and the town of Tangletree - hangs in the balance.
  

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Liem Duong reviewed Year Zero #5 Oct 6, 2020
6.5

This was a fine ending. Not great tbh, alot of what was built up, didn't really come to anything I found satisfying to conclude the story. Art is still great, loved the colors in this book especially. But yeah, it was not that killer ending I was hoping for, though I shouldn't have expected it given that Percy will expand on this world in the future. Solid finale.

Year Zero #5

By: Ben Percy, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Sep 30, 2020

Benjamin Percy ( Wolverine ) and Ramon Rosanas ( Star Wars: Age of Resistance ) present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist - five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon ...

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Liem Duong reviewed Batman #100 Oct 6, 2020
4.5

Idk if it was the fact King was off the title or my expectations for an event titled " Joker War ", but this does not hold up to the amount of hype going in. All of Joker's planning and set-up all culminated in this extra size issue, and while playing with a really cool idea of the evolution of the relationship between Joker and Batman, is just muddled by all the fillers that happened prior and ma more

Batman #100

By: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Oct 7, 2020

“The Joker War” comes to a city-shattering conclusion as Batman battles The Joker in a brutal, no-holds-barred duel! This is a fight 80 years in the making, and its outcome won’t just change Batman’s life-it will change Gotham City for years to come! Plus, catch the first glimpse of the new villain known as Ghost-Maker! And after the senses...

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